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April is Autism Awareness Month!

The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s, and this year, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry wants to help get the word out. Dental health is an important component of overall health, and according to the National Museum of Dentistry, children with special needs are twice as likely to have unmet oral health care needs than their peers without special needs.

“It would be great to reach out to these kids, since they often don’t get care due to insurance coverage and inability for general practices to accommodate them,” Dr. MyLinh Ngo says. “We don’t see a huge number of special needs kids, even though we are equipped to and trained for them.”

One in 88 U.S. children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. If your child is one of them, remember to be patient and work with your child every day, using plenty of repetition and assistance to enforce good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing.

Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry staff are specially trained to give autistic and other special needs kids the extra attention and understanding they need. As you prepare to find the right dental team for a special needs child, the National Museum of Dentistry recommends the following: (more…)

April 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment


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